'A Treasure's Trove' clue yields $25,000 prize
A Pittsburgh man is the first treasure hunter to decipher the clues in the book "A Treasure's Trove: A Fairy Tale About Real Treasure for Parents and Children of All Ages" to redeem a $25,000 prize.

Paul McCartney writing children's books
NEW YORK — Move over, Madonna, Paul McCartney is getting into children's books. The former Beatle has signed on to publish "High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tail" for the Penguin Young Readers Group, the publisher announced Wednesday.

3-D exhibit shows influence of pop culture, artists
More than 40 years into his print-making career, artist Red Grooms still hasnít tired of putting tab A into slot B.

'A Treasure's Trove' clue yields $25,000 prize

Summer reading for car-seat drivers
By land, by sea and by air, many families will be taking their vacations in the coming weeks. Several new picture books have a travel theme - and might be entertaining enough to young readers to keep them from asking "Are we there yet?"

Summer reading for car-seat drivers

3-D exhibit shows influence of pop culture, artists

Summer reading for car-seat drivers
By land, by sea and by air, many families will be taking their vacations in the coming weeks. Several new picture books have a travel theme - and might be entertaining enough to young readers to keep them from asking "Are we there yet?"

3-D exhibit shows influence of pop culture, artists
More than 40 years into his print-making career, artist Red Grooms still hasnt tired of putting tab A into slot B.

'A Treasure's Trove' clue yields $25,000 prize
A Pittsburgh man is the first treasure hunter to decipher the clues in the book "A Treasure's Trove: A Fairy Tale About Real Treasure for Parents and Children of All Ages" to redeem a $25,000 prize.

Libraries get chance at author-signed edition of Harry Potter
NEW YORK - Talk about your magic books. One lucky American library is going to be able to cast a spell on its readers by displaying the first American edition of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," signed by J.K. Rowling herself.

Area coaches root for Westside
Not just Westside parents and fans will be pulling for the Patriots' baseball team when the Class AA state championship series begins today.

Memories live on for Westside title teams

Memories live on for Westside title teams
A champion can put on the years and pounds, but the memories remain perfect. Westside's 1987 and 1988 baseball teams set the standard for what this year's set of Patriots will chase today: history.

Area coaches root for Westside

Coaches give their take on title matchup

Aces could dominate Class AA series

Teammates for life
It's the blood and guts of every state championship team. Not bat speed. Or pitches thrown at how many miles per hour. Or pro prospects, college signees and muscled sluggers.

Area coaches root for Westside
Not just Westside parents and fans will be pulling for the Patriots' baseball team when the Class AA state championship series begins today.

Coaches give their take on title matchup
Pepperell coach Mike Moore and Greater Atlanta Christian coach Cliff Shelton have interesting views on today's Class AA championship series. Pepperell was swept by Westside in the playoffs and lost two region meetings with Calhoun.

Teammates for life
It's the blood and guts of every state championship team. Not bat speed. Or pitches thrown at how many miles per hour. Or pro prospects, college signees and muscled sluggers.

Teammates for life

Memories live on for Westside title teams
A champion can put on the years and pounds, but the memories remain perfect. Westside's 1987 and 1988 baseball teams set the standard for what this year's set of Patriots will chase today: history.

Coaches give their take on title matchup
Pepperell coach Mike Moore and Greater Atlanta Christian coach Cliff Shelton have interesting views on today's Class AA championship series. Pepperell was swept by Westside in the playoffs and lost two region meetings with Calhoun.

Aces could dominate Class AA series
The state Class AA championship will likely be decided by an arms race.

Aces could dominate Class AA series
The state Class AA championship will likely be decided by an arms race.

Reformers of English, be careful what you wish for

Odds and Ends
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Some mistakes really do get carved in stone.

Odds and Ends
MONTPELIER, Vt. - This year's senior prank has left a mark on Montpelier High School that school officials don't plan to erase.

Man sues to name horse after Jefferson slave
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A thoroughbred owner filed a federal lawsuit seeking the right to name a 2-year-old filly after Sally Hemings, the slave who was the reputed mistress of Thomas Jefferson.

Boy, 7, suspected in beating death of sister
TAMPA, Fla. - A 7-year-old boy beat his baby half-sister to death with his fists, feet and a two-by-four because he was jealous of the attention the girl was receiving and because she would not stop crying, police said Wednesday.

Boy, 7, suspected in beating death of sister
TAMPA, Fla. - A 7-year-old boy beat his baby half-sister to death with his fists, feet and a two-by-four because he was jealous of the attention the girl was receiving and because she would not stop crying, police said Wednesday.

Odds and Ends
MONTPELIER, Vt. - This year's senior prank has left a mark on Montpelier High School that school officials don't plan to erase.

S.F. mayor, 49ers owners offended by training video
SAN FRANCISCO - An in-house video meant to prepare San Francisco 49ers players for dealing with the media backfired on the NFL team Wednesday when it was learned that it featured racist jokes, lesbian soft-porn and topless blondes.

S.F. mayor, 49ers owners offended by training video
SAN FRANCISCO - An in-house video meant to prepare San Francisco 49ers players for dealing with the media backfired on the NFL team Wednesday when it was learned that it featured racist jokes, lesbian soft-porn and topless blondes.

Foster parent included rape conviction on application
WATERTOWN, N.Y. - A convicted rapist became a foster parent for several children even after disclosing his past sex crimes on his application, officials said Wednesday.

Man sues to name horse after Jefferson slave
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A thoroughbred owner filed a federal lawsuit seeking the right to name a 2-year-old filly after Sally Hemings, the slave who was the reputed mistress of Thomas Jefferson.

Odds and Ends
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Some mistakes really do get carved in stone.

Late rally is timely for Smoltz
WASHINGTON - One of the unlikeliest of Atlanta Braves kept John Smoltz from turning into a volcano of human emotion Wednesday night.

Kolb's still not the answer for Braves
WASHINGTON -The national spelling bee, with a stock of brainy kids and eager parents, came to America's capital city this week.

Braves' bats are silent
WASHINGTON - The Atlanta Braves are hopeful that the start of baseball's third month will also be the awakening of more consistent hitting strokes.

Kolb's still not the answer for Braves

Braves' bats are silent

Braves' bats are silent
WASHINGTON - The Atlanta Braves are hopeful that the start of baseball's third month will also be the awakening of more consistent hitting strokes.

Kolb's still not the answer for Braves
WASHINGTON -The national spelling bee, with a stock of brainy kids and eager parents, came to America's capital city this week.

Construction activity hits all-time high in April

Gym makeover is under way at Evans location
The people at Omni Health and Fitness will pump you up, but they have big plans to pump their company up, too.

Gym makeover is under way at Evans location
The people at Omni Health and Fitness will pump you up, but they have big plans to pump their company up, too.

U.S. manufacturing activity slows down in May
NEW YORK - U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in May for the 24th consecutive month, but the rate was slower than it was in April and fell short of analysts' expectations, a private research group said on Wednesday.

Nation's retailers report solid sales for May
NEW YORK - The nation's retailers had generally solid sales last month, overcoming the effects of an unusually cold spring as consumers became more optimistic about the economy and more willing to spend.

Construction activity hits all-time high in April
WASHINGTON - Construction spending rose a healthy 0.5 percent to a record level in April, as office construction surged and activity in the red-hot housing market hit an all-time high, the government reported Wednesday.

Rates on 30-year mortgages hit four-month low
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell this week for the eighth time in the past nine weeks, hitting the lowest level in four months, according to an industry report.

Oil prices limit gains for hopeful investors
NEW YORK - Stocks strode higher Wednesday as investors grew hopeful that the interest rate-tightening cycle might soon draw to a close, but a late-session rise in oil prices limited Wall Street's gains.

Fit to be an Outfitter
TRENTON, S.C. - Several months ago, Gov. Mark Sanford saw the most oddly dressed group of people he had ever seen at Aiken Municipal Airport.

Arby's moves its headquarters to Georgia
ATLANTA - Arby's, the fast-food chain best known for its roast beef, will move its headquarters from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Atlanta.

Internet group OKs 'xxx' Web addresses
WASHINGTON — The Internet's primary oversight body approved a plan Wednesday to create a virtual red-light district, setting the stage for pornographic Web sites to use new addresses ending in "xxx."

Internet group OKs 'xxx' Web addresses

Productivity and factory orders post healthy gains
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories advanced by 0.9 percent in April, the fastest clip in five months, while worker productivity at the start of the year was better than originally thought and the nation's retailers enjoyed strong sales despite a cold spring.

Win for Schick as judge rules Gillette ads are false

Wachovia says predecessor banks owned slaves
slavesBylineBy TIM WHITMIRE CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wachovia Corp. issued an apology Wednesday for the actions of two predecessor banks that it said owned slaves prior to the Civil War.

Plans detail retail center

Business briefs
Washington - Orders to U.S. factories advanced by 0.9 percent in April, the fastest clip in five months, while worker productivity at the start of the year was better than originally thought.

Bush picks California congressman to head SEC

Fit to be an Outfitter

Simple steps help save patients from hospital infections

Oil prices limit gains for hopeful investors
NEW YORK - Stocks strode higher Wednesday as investors grew hopeful that the interest rate-tightening cycle might soon draw to a close, but a late-session rise in oil prices limited Wall Street's gains.

Nation's retailers report solid sales for May

Plans detail retail center
Developers are planning what could amount to one of the biggest retail developments in the Augusta area.

Productivity and factory orders post healthy gains

Subway spikes Sub Club sandwich promotion
MILFORD, Conn. - The Subway restaurant chain said Thursday it is ending its decades-old free sandwich promotion, amid concerns that counterfeiters have been creating and selling copies of the restaurant's proof-of-purchase stamps and cards.

Bush picks California congressman to head SEC
WASHINGTON - President Bush chose California Rep. Christopher Cox on Thursday to run the Securities and Exchange Commission, assigning him the delicate regulatory dance of protecting investors' rights while not stifling business.

Bush picks California congressman to head SEC
WASHINGTON - President Bush chose California Rep. Christopher Cox on Thursday to run the Securities and Exchange Commission, assigning him the delicate regulatory dance of protecting investors' rights while not stifling business.

Airport asks businesses about travel habits
Augusta Regional Airport is surveying the segment of fliers that might have been the reason for the loss of Continental Express last year.

Canada welcomes Georgia bids

Internet group OKs 'xxx' Web addresses
WASHINGTON — The Internet's primary oversight body approved a plan Wednesday to create a virtual red-light district, setting the stage for pornographic Web sites to use new addresses ending in "xxx."

Oil prices limit gains for hopeful investors

Subway spikes Sub Club sandwich promotion
MILFORD, Conn. - The Subway restaurant chain said Thursday it is ending its decades-old free sandwich promotion, amid concerns that counterfeiters have been creating and selling copies of the restaurant's proof-of-purchase stamps and cards.

Crude futures fall after U.S. report shows rise in supply
WASHINGTON - The price of oil gyrated on Thursday after the U.S. government released data that showed a growing domestic supply of gasoline and other fuels, but also rising demand.

Nation's retailers report solid sales for May
NEW YORK - The nation's retailers had generally solid sales last month, overcoming the effects of an unusually cold spring as consumers became more optimistic about the economy and more willing to spend.

Simple steps help save patients from hospital infections
TRENTON, N.J. - For 13 straight months at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, not one patient on a ventilator has developed pneumonia. Not impressed? You should be.

Productivity and factory orders post healthy gains
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories advanced by 0.9 percent in April, the fastest clip in five months, while worker productivity at the start of the year was better than originally thought and the nation's retailers enjoyed strong sales despite a cold spring.

Win for Schick as judge rules Gillette ads are false
ST. LOUIS - Gillette Co. ads claiming its M3Power razor raises hair up and away from the skin are "unsubstantiated and inaccurate," a federal judge said in siding with Gillette's chief competitor, Schick-Wilkinson Sword.

Rates on 30-year mortgages hit four-month low
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell this week for the eighth time in the past nine weeks, hitting the lowest level in four months, according to an industry report.

Airport asks businesses about travel habits

Win for Schick as judge rules Gillette ads are false
ST. LOUIS - Gillette Co. ads claiming its M3Power razor raises hair up and away from the skin are "unsubstantiated and inaccurate," a federal judge said in siding with Gillette's chief competitor, Schick-Wilkinson Sword.

Construction activity hits all-time high in April
WASHINGTON - Construction spending rose a healthy 0.5 percent to a record level in April, as office construction surged and activity in the red-hot housing market hit an all-time high, the government reported Wednesday.

Business briefs
Washington - Orders to U.S. factories advanced by 0.9 percent in April, the fastest clip in five months, while worker productivity at the start of the year was better than originally thought.

Canada welcomes Georgia bids
ATLANTA - Joe Fagan came south Wednesday, teaching a couple dozen Georgians how to bid on government contracts in Canada.

Crude futures fall after U.S. report shows rise in supply
WASHINGTON - The price of oil gyrated on Thursday after the U.S. government released data that showed a growing domestic supply of gasoline and other fuels, but also rising demand.

Fit to be an Outfitter
TRENTON, S.C. - Several months ago, Gov. Mark Sanford saw the most oddly dressed group of people he had ever seen at Aiken Municipal Airport.

Plans detail retail center
Developers are planning what could amount to one of the biggest retail developments in the Augusta area.

Simple steps help save patients from hospital infections
TRENTON, N.J. - For 13 straight months at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, not one patient on a ventilator has developed pneumonia. Not impressed? You should be.

Fox News' radio service embarks on expansion
NEW YORK - With a newly constructed Manhattan studio and expanded news offerings, the fledgling Fox News Radio is marking a key step in its growth plans.

Business briefs

Canada welcomes Georgia bids
ATLANTA - Joe Fagan came south Wednesday, teaching a couple dozen Georgians how to bid on government contracts in Canada.

Rates on 30-year mortgages hit four-month low

Airport asks businesses about travel habits
Augusta Regional Airport is surveying the segment of fliers that might have been the reason for the loss of Continental Express last year.

Crude futures fall after U.S. report shows rise in supply

Subway spikes Sub Club sandwich promotion

Gym makeover is under way at Evans location

Queen named to head women's basketball operations

Queen named to head women's basketball operations
CLEMSON, S.C. - New Clemson women's basketball coach Cristy McKinney named former Lady Tigers player Kanetra Queen director of operations for the program.

Clemson in unfamiliar position this season - a favorite
CLEMSON, S.C. - All year, Clemson had to prove it wasn't too young or too mediocre to play winning baseball.

Queen named to head women's basketball operations
CLEMSON, S.C. - New Clemson women's basketball coach Cristy McKinney named former Lady Tigers player Kanetra Queen director of operations for the program.

Clemson in unfamiliar position this season - a favorite

Clemson in unfamiliar position this season - a favorite
CLEMSON, S.C. - All year, Clemson had to prove it wasn't too young or too mediocre to play winning baseball.

When courts fail
Because Florida's judicial system didn't do its job, 18-year-old Lionel Tate is back in jail and held without bond, after being charged with robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint.

Europe's elites slammed
Since the end of World War II, it's generally been U.S. policy to encourage the development of a United States of Europe - better that Europeans learn to get along and pull together than to send American troops overseas every dozen years or so to break up their wars.

Deep Throat speaks

When courts fail
Because Florida's judicial system didn't do its job, 18-year-old Lionel Tate is back in jail and held without bond, after being charged with robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint.

Deep Throat speaks
What fun to be wallowing in Watergate again. To younger generations, Watergate is ancient history, but to old timers this week's revelations are like a nostalgic trip down 1970s memory lane.

Europe's elites slammed

Deep Throat speaks
What fun to be wallowing in Watergate again. To younger generations, Watergate is ancient history, but to old timers this week's revelations are like a nostalgic trip down 1970s memory lane.

Europe's elites slammed
Since the end of World War II, it's generally been U.S. policy to encourage the development of a United States of Europe - better that Europeans learn to get along and pull together than to send American troops overseas every dozen years or so to break up their wars.

No harm, no foul?
Screven County voters asked for more of the same when they re-elected Sheriff Mike Kile last November.

When courts fail

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or groupís schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Kevin Spacey has played Bobby Darin and one of "The Usual Suspects." Now the actor-director will take on the role of mentor to showbiz interns in "Going Hollywood," a new eight-part TLC reality series.

Lindsay Lohan uninjured in crash with photographer
LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan wasn't injured after her car was hit by a photographer who allegedly was following the "Mean Girls" actress.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Kevin Spacey has played Bobby Darin and one of "The Usual Suspects." Now the actor-director will take on the role of mentor to showbiz interns in "Going Hollywood," a new eight-part TLC reality series.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Stuff to Do
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta kicks off its Spirituality and Film series with a screening of the 1973 film The Wicker Man at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3501 Walton Way Extension. Part murder mystery and part exploration of pagan faith, it's a film sure to engender discussion. A $2 donation will be taken.

The Liquid Life: Club Velvet
ADDRESS: 2306 Gordon Highway DRINK SPECIALS: Happy hour: Two-for-one drinks and free buffet featuring chicken wings, lasagna, ham, string beans, potatoes or spaghetti and meatballs; 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; $10 buckets of domestic beer, Thursday; ladies night, Friday until 11 p.m. and Saturday until 10 p.m.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Stuff to Do
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta kicks off its Spirituality and Film series with a screening of the 1973 film The Wicker Man at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3501 Walton Way Extension. Part murder mystery and part exploration of pagan faith, it's a film sure to engender discussion. A $2 donation will be taken.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

Warrant issued for Bobby Brown
CANTON, Mass. - A family court judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear for a child support hearing.

Lindsay Lohan uninjured in crash with photographer
LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan wasn't injured after her car was hit by a photographer who allegedly was following the "Mean Girls" actress.

Prosecutor: Jackson sexually abused teen
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson committed "exploitation and sexual abuse," and his only defense has been to attack the credibility of his accuser's mother, a prosecutor said Thursday as closing arguments began.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

Denise Richards gives birth to a daughter
NEW YORK - Denise Richards has given birth to a daughter, People magazine reported.

Rod Stewart and fiancee expecting baby
LOS ANGELES - Rod Stewart - known for songs such as "Forever Young" and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" - will be a father again.

Spears loves life as pregnant woman
NEW YORK — Britney Spears is loving life as a pregnant woman — the cravings, watching sonograms and especially the sex. "I think it's better than it was before," Spears tells People magazine in the issue on newsstands Friday. "I think it's best. Sex is crazy good."

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or groups schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Warrant issued for Bobby Brown
CANTON, Mass. - A family court judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear for a child support hearing.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Prosecutor: Jackson sexually abused teen
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson committed "exploitation and sexual abuse," and his only defense has been to attack the credibility of his accuser's mother, a prosecutor said Thursday as closing arguments began.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Spears loves life as pregnant woman
NEW YORK — Britney Spears is loving life as a pregnant woman — the cravings, watching sonograms and especially the sex. "I think it's better than it was before," Spears tells People magazine in the issue on newsstands Friday. "I think it's best. Sex is crazy good."

The Liquid Life: Club Velvet
ADDRESS: 2306 Gordon Highway DRINK SPECIALS: Happy hour: Two-for-one drinks and free buffet featuring chicken wings, lasagna, ham, string beans, potatoes or spaghetti and meatballs; 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; $10 buckets of domestic beer, Thursday; ladies night, Friday until 11 p.m. and Saturday until 10 p.m.

'Gray day' can prove productive

'Gray day' can prove productive
Windswept points are still producing good catches of largemouth, hybrid and striped bass on Thurmond Lake these days, but your best bet is to fish them before the sun rises.

Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Tournaments

'Gray day' can prove productive
Windswept points are still producing good catches of largemouth, hybrid and striped bass on Thurmond Lake these days, but your best bet is to fish them before the sun rises.

Sushi lovers look for freshness, atmosphere
When some people hear the word "sushi," raw fish comes to mind. Although raw fish is the most common accompaniment, it's not the only food that sushi chefs roll their cooked rice and seaweed around. We took two readers on a tour of restaurants that serve sushi to see which would give a raw deal.

Rhinehart's, Soultry Sounds open doors
There is more seafood and more soul in Augusta with the debut of two restaurants.

Rhinehart's, Soultry Sounds open doors
There is more seafood and more soul in Augusta with the debut of two restaurants.

Rhinehart's, Soultry Sounds open doors

Sushi lovers look for freshness, atmosphere

Sushi lovers look for freshness, atmosphere
When some people hear the word "sushi," raw fish comes to mind. Although raw fish is the most common accompaniment, it's not the only food that sushi chefs roll their cooked rice and seaweed around. We took two readers on a tour of restaurants that serve sushi to see which would give a raw deal.

Trilliums thrive in hillside garden oasis
People often come unseen to Ron Brown's tree-covered hillside garden. They park on a residential side street and quietly make their way to one of the weathered benches alongside the mulch-covered trails, pausing to eat their sandwiches under the cool comfort of a dappled shade.

Square-foot gardens are a popular way to grow crops

Square-foot gardens are a popular way to grow crops
A small suburban backyard in south Augusta and a wide open field in north Aiken would seem to have little in common, but families in each area are using similar gardening methods to grow fresh, organic vegetables with minimal effort and space.

Trilliums thrive in hillside garden oasis
People often come unseen to Ron Brown's tree-covered hillside garden. They park on a residential side street and quietly make their way to one of the weathered benches alongside the mulch-covered trails, pausing to eat their sandwiches under the cool comfort of a dappled shade.

Square-foot gardens are a popular way to grow crops
A small suburban backyard in south Augusta and a wide open field in north Aiken would seem to have little in common, but families in each area are using similar gardening methods to grow fresh, organic vegetables with minimal effort and space.

Trilliums thrive in hillside garden oasis

Wieters catches on with Tech as do-it-all freshman
ATLANTA - It's not unusual for a catcher to walk out to the mound when a team changes pitchers.

Wieters catches on with Tech as do-it-all freshman
ATLANTA - It's not unusual for a catcher to walk out to the mound when a team changes pitchers.

Wieters catches on with Tech as do-it-all freshman

GreenJackets pop Crawdads by one
The Hickory Crawdads weren't the Augusta GreenJackets' biggest opponent this week - rain won three times in the teams' four-game series.

GreenJackets pop Crawdads by one
The Hickory Crawdads weren't the Augusta GreenJackets' biggest opponent this week - rain won three times in the teams' four-game series.

Sorenstam, Kerr, Creamer in the field for LPGA Classic
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The last time Paula Creamer played at the Seaview Marriott Resort course, she nearly made history.

Pinehurst No. 2 isn't getting any rough weather

Jaguars looking to find a spark
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Just after their rounds commenced, Augusta State's golfers headed to the driving range to work out the kinks.

Jaguars let great round slip away
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The tale of teams was told at the No. 9 green, the last hole of the day for Augusta State and Georgia.

Sorenstam, Kerr, Creamer in the field for LPGA Classic

Jaguars let great round slip away
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The tale of teams was told at the No. 9 green, the last hole of the day for Augusta State and Georgia.

Sluman gets a grip at the Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Even after Jeff Sluman polished off his best round of the year, a 7-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Memorial, he was quick to ask the question on just about every player's mind Thursday.

Jaguars let great round slip away

Pinehurst No. 2 isn't getting any rough weather
RALEIGH, N.C. - Pinehurst No. 2 is closed, but golfers are hearing rumors about whether the course will be ready for the U.S. Open.

Sluman gets a grip at the Memorial

Sluman gets a grip at the Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Even after Jeff Sluman polished off his best round of the year, a 7-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Memorial, he was quick to ask the question on just about every player's mind Thursday.

Jaguars looking to find a spark
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Just after their rounds commenced, Augusta State's golfers headed to the driving range to work out the kinks.

Jaguars looking to find a spark

Pinehurst No. 2 isn't getting any rough weather
RALEIGH, N.C. - Pinehurst No. 2 is closed, but golfers are hearing rumors about whether the course will be ready for the U.S. Open.

Sorenstam, Kerr, Creamer in the field for LPGA Classic
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The last time Paula Creamer played at the Seaview Marriott Resort course, she nearly made history.

GreenJackets pop Crawdads by one

Reformers of English, be careful what you wish for
My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

Reformers of English, be careful what you wish for
My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

Walker suspended from state Senate
As a result of Charles Walkers conviction this afternoon, he is immediately suspended from his seat in the state Senate, where he represented much of Augusta, including downtown and the Medical College of Georgia.

Flood warning issued for Edgefield County
The National Weather Service in Columbia, S.C., has issued a river flood warning for the Stevens Creek at Modoc in Edgefield County.

Charles Walker found guilty on nearly all counts
A federal jury has convicted state Sen. Charles Walker on 126 of 137 counts including mail fraud and conspiracy.

Thunderstorms, showers expected tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Burke County. The watch in in effect until 7:39 p.m.

Area speller sits down
Joe Shepherd, the 13-year-old spelling phenom from Waynesboro, Ga., made it to the seventh round of the Scripps Howard National spelling bee before being eliminated this afternoon.

Charles Walker found guilty on nearly all counts
A federal jury has convicted state Sen. Charles Walker on 126 of 137 counts including mail fraud and conspiracy.

Experience can beat college degree

Arab-world rioting, sadly, is nothing new
Laura Bush recently said the United States respects "traditions of all faiths." Do those include traditions of rioting and brutality?Bill Dekle, Millen

Liberals mar stem-cell debate
Lowell Greenbaum exists in a persistent, partisan political state, and regularly submits letters touting his liberal agenda. One would think that he might occasionally use intellectually honest arguments. Vern J. Simon, Evans

Experience can beat college degree
Why should the new fire chief have a four-year degree? One would think that 25 or 30 years of experience would equal or surpass a four-year degree. Kathleen Gibson, North Augusta, S.C.

Planned Parenthood is deceptive
I rarely respond to letters to the editor but feel compelled after Mary Beth Pierucci's letter defending Planned Parenthood and what they offer ("Organization prevents need for abortion," May 13).Gary Garner, Augusta

Vote 'no' until local government changes
We have just received our reassessment tax notice with an increase of more than 30 percent. Even before this notice, I was determined to vote against any new bonds and the SPLOST, because there are some major problems that have to be solved. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah

Pantano editorial condones hate
Since moving here four years ago, I have come to expect the hatred and small-mindedness that routinely spews from your paper, but your editorial concerning 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano ("We've got your back," May 30) went even beyond your usual shameful and embarrassing comments.Harold M. Szerlip, Martinez

Experience can beat college degree
Why should the new fire chief have a four-year degree? One would think that 25 or 30 years of experience would equal or surpass a four-year degree.Kathleen Gibson, North Augusta, S.C.

Planned Parenthood is deceptive

Pantano editorial condones hate
Since moving here four years ago, I have come to expect the hatred and small-mindedness that routinely spews from your paper, but your editorial concerning 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano ("We've got your back," May 30) went even beyond your usual shameful and embarrassing comments.Harold M. Szerlip, Martinez

Planned Parenthood is deceptive
I rarely respond to letters to the editor but feel compelled after Mary Beth Pierucci's letter defending Planned Parenthood and what they offer ("Organization prevents need for abortion," May 13).Gary Garner, Augusta

Pantano editorial condones hate

New Audi debuts as A3 five-door model

Stuff to do

Apple offers $50 credit for iPod batteries

Fireflies know how to light up their sex life

Apple offers $50 credit for iPod batteries
SAN FRANCISCO — Consumers who had battery problems with older versions of the popular iPod digital music player will get $50 vouchers and extended service warranties under a tentative settlement in a class-action lawsuit.SAN FRANCISCO — Consumers who had battery problems with older versions of the popular iPod digital music player will get $50 vouchers and extended service warranties under a tentative settlement in a class-action lawsuit.

Stuff to do
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

New Audi debuts as A3 five-door model
It's a five-door hatchback and is smaller and lower-priced than Audi's A4 sedan. But Audi's new price leader in the United States, the 2006 A3, is no cheap car.

New Audi debuts as A3 five-door model
It's a five-door hatchback and is smaller and lower-priced than Audi's A4 sedan. But Audi's new price leader in the United States, the 2006 A3, is no cheap car.

Fireflies know how to light up their sex life
Sara Lewis is impersonating a firefly. She stands in waist-deep grass and brush, the hood of her jacket pulled tight around her ears to ward off mosquitoes, and clicks her penlight into the darkness.

Fireflies know how to light up their sex life
Sara Lewis is impersonating a firefly. She stands in waist-deep grass and brush, the hood of her jacket pulled tight around her ears to ward off mosquitoes, and clicks her penlight into the darkness.

Apple offers $50 credit for iPod batteries
SAN FRANCISCO — Consumers who had battery problems with older versions of the popular iPod digital music player will get $50 vouchers and extended service warranties under a tentative settlement in a class-action lawsuit.SAN FRANCISCO — Consumers who had battery problems with older versions of the popular iPod digital music player will get $50 vouchers and extended service warranties under a tentative settlement in a class-action lawsuit.

Stuff to do
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Kid of the Day
Rae De'Jana M. Frazier is today's Kid of the Day.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Buses will still travel to same locations
No. 1: The Greene Street bus station owned by Southeastern Stages is most certainly not closing.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Around the block
Historic Augustaís Cotton Ball membership party will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today in the gardens of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Rahn, 920 Milledge Road.

Spotted on Memorial Day

Schools assigned summer spruce-up
While the pupils are away, Columbia County school maintenance workers are getting schools ready for children to play.

Blowin' in the wind

Senator Graham is satisfied with filibuster deal
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that if Americans are dying for their country overseas, the least he could do is risk angering some people by agreeing to a Senate compromise that avoided an explosive battle over judicial nominations and filibusters.

Changes to club lead to owner's arrest

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for today include:

Pupils promote good habits
Courtney Lain's acting debut was brief, but the Oakwood-Windsor Elementary fifth-grader has become a local star.

Recycling centers

Jury's still out on Walker
A federal jury deliberated throughout the day Thursday without reaching a verdict in state Sen. Charles Walker's trial.

Residents want road work done

Shepherd's spelling career ends
In his fourth and final bid to become the national spelling champion, Waynesboro's 13-year-old spelling whiz, Joe Shepherd, nearly cracked the top 20 - finishing tied for 22nd of 273 spellers.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - State retirees would get a cost-of-living allowance this summer under a bill given approval Thursday in the final hours of the 2005 session.

Library happenings
Weekly storytime: 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays; registration required

Across the area
An Augusta man has been convicted of charges including murder and trafficking in cocaine.

Spotted on Memorial Day
Sgt. Joseph Goins (left) and Staff Sgt. Jason Guenther were at Memorial Day services in downtown Augusta. See The Augusta Chronicle's online photo blog, Spotted, at http://spotted.augusta.com for more photos.

Kid of the day
Avery S. Grover is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area
Richmond County deputies are looking for a man accused of shooting another man at a North Leg Road nightclub in late May, officials said Wednesday.

Winder is getting on track to avoid a railway disaster
WINDER, Ga. - The 30 CSX freight trains that pass through Barrow County every day have local authorities somewhat on edge - especially when considering the cargo the railroad moves.

Calling cards allow civilians to support troops
Supporting the troops overseas can be as easy as logging on to a Web site and purchasing a long-distance calling card.

Correction
An information graphic with the school enrollment story on the front page of Thursdays editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained an incorrect enrollment estimate for 2009. The estimated enrollment for that year is 36,642.

Schools assigned summer spruce-up
While the pupils are away, Columbia County school maintenance workers are getting schools ready for children to play.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Center promises fast surgery
AIKEN - A multimillion-dollar surgery center in Aiken that is set to open by October will make it easier and potentially cheaper for patients to receive elective medical care and go home on the same day, people affiliated with the project said Thursday.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for today include:

Milestones
Mia-Talia Lowe, a student at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School , won third place and a $1,000 savings bond in the 2005 NMA National Leadership Development Conference American Enterprise Speech Contest.

Buses will still travel to same locations
No. 1: The Greene Street bus station owned by Southeastern Stages is most certainly not closing.

Legislative session ends with cheers for small business aid
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina General Assembly wrapped up the 2005 session Thursday touting the year's success for small businesses.

Ailing girl finds friend in restaurant manager
There's a good reason Hooters manager Joseph Scott is reaching out to help an 8-year-old Augusta girl with a rare blood disorder.

Second finalist comes to city for interview

Tybee records its first sea turtle nest of the season
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Instead of the sea turtle tracks he was looking for, Rob McLellan found something even more exciting on the beach Wednesday morning: a full-grown loggerhead.

Library happenings

Shepherd's spelling career ends
In his fourth and final bid to become the national spelling champion, Waynesboro's 13-year-old spelling whiz, Joe Shepherd, nearly cracked the top 20 - finishing tied for 22nd of 273 spellers.

Armed forces chapter gives scholarships

Command changes at Army medical center
Over the past three years, Brig. Gen. Eric Schoomaker presided over medical care in the southeastern United States that saw wounded soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hunting for alligator legalized in Augusta

Center promises fast surgery
AIKEN - A multimillion-dollar surgery center in Aiken that is set to open by October will make it easier and potentially cheaper for patients to receive elective medical care and go home on the same day, people affiliated with the project said Thursday.

Pacific pageantry

Aiken County works to round up sex offenders
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has arrested two sex offenders it says did not register with the agency and is searching for seven others.

Population increases expected to continue

Across the region
NEW ORLEANS - Four white bouncers accused in the Bourbon Street death of a black college student visiting from Georgia were indicted on manslaughter charges by an Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - State retirees would get a cost-of-living allowance this summer under a bill given approval Thursday in the final hours of the 2005 session.

Augusta State University dean's list
This is a list of students at Augusta State University who have been named to the dean's list for the spring semester:

Across the area
An Augusta man has been convicted of charges including murder and trafficking in cocaine.

Area speller sits down
Joe Shepherd, the 13-year-old spelling phenom from Waynesboro, Ga., made it to the seventh round of the Scripps Howard National spelling bee before being eliminated this afternoon.

School board foresees less expensive plan
AIKEN - Aiken County school board members, who in April rejected a $1.3 million plan to restructure the district's second-chance programs for expelled pupils, say the system can be overhauled for a fraction of that cost.

Recycling centers
To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876 for the location near you.

Legislative session ends with cheers for small business aid
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina General Assembly wrapped up the 2005 session Thursday touting the year's success for small businesses.

Residents want road work done
Some area residents have nicknamed Reeves Construction The Three Guys Co.

Harrell is elected speaker of the South Carolina House
COLUMBIA - Charleston Republican Bobby Harrell has been elected the next speaker of the South Carolina House.

Correction
- The owner of Georgia Personnel Services was misidentified in some editions of Wednesday's Augusta Chronicle.

Senator Graham is satisfied with filibuster deal
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that if Americans are dying for their country overseas, the least he could do is risk angering some people by agreeing to a Senate compromise that avoided an explosive battle over judicial nominations and filibusters.

Around the block
Historic Augustas Cotton Ball membership party will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today in the gardens of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Rahn, 920 Milledge Road.

Kid of the day
Avery S. Grover is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the region
NEW ORLEANS - Four white bouncers accused in the Bourbon Street death of a black college student visiting from Georgia were indicted on manslaughter charges by an Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday.

Armed forces chapter gives scholarships
Not having the annual Signal Symposium at Fort Gordon has a domino effect throughout the Augusta community.

Changes to club lead to owner's arrest
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah business owner was arrested Tuesday morning after not appearing in court to face charges that she made illegal changes to the exterior of her nightclub on the western fringes of the Historic District.

Runaway bride pleads no contest to felony charge
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - With her once-jilted fiance at her side, runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony charge and wept as she was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Harrell is elected speaker of the South Carolina House

Study might help with restless leg

Spotted on Memorial Day
Sgt. Joseph Goins (left) and Staff Sgt. Jason Guenther were at Memorial Day services in downtown Augusta. See The Augusta Chronicle's online photo blog, Spotted, at http://spotted.augusta.com for more photos.

Tybee records its first sea turtle nest of the season
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Instead of the sea turtle tracks he was looking for, Rob McLellan found something even more exciting on the beach Wednesday morning: a full-grown loggerhead.

Center promises fast surgery

School's out - let's party
Cameron Curry, 2, and his sister Kimberly Curry, 4, are shown how radio equipment works by WPRW-FM (107.7) DJs Kydd Joe (left) and Craig Boogie at the J.R. Riles Stop and Shops End of School Block Party .

Across the area

Library happenings
Weekly storytime: 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays; registration required

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Command changes at Army medical center
Over the past three years, Brig. Gen. Eric Schoomaker presided over medical care in the southeastern United States that saw wounded soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ailing girl finds friend in restaurant manager

Fort Gordon officials plan changes

Buses will still travel to same locations

Milestones

Command changes at Army medical center

Schools assigned summer spruce-up

Legislative session ends with cheers for small business aid

Kid of the Day

News you can use

Pupils promote good habits

Across the region

For the record

Shepherd's spelling career ends

Association works on improvements to Glendale

Aiken County works to round up sex offenders

Senior events promote health, fitness

Across South Carolina

Correction

Kid of the day

Augusta State University dean's list

Senator Graham is satisfied with filibuster deal

Area speller sits down

Winder is getting on track to avoid a railway disaster

Sharing the day with animals

Tybee records its first sea turtle nest of the season

Sharing the day with animals

Runaway bride pleads no contest to felony charge

Armed forces chapter gives scholarships
Not having the annual Signal Symposium at Fort Gordon has a domino effect throughout the Augusta community.

School board foresees less expensive plan

Milestones
Mia-Talia Lowe, a student at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School , won third place and a $1,000 savings bond in the 2005 NMA National Leadership Development Conference American Enterprise Speech Contest.

Pupils promote good habits
Courtney Lain's acting debut was brief, but the Oakwood-Windsor Elementary fifth-grader has become a local star.

Association works on improvements to Glendale
The Rev. Thomas Walker sits at the front of a room in the M and T Community Center on Olive Road, presiding over a meeting attended by eight Glendale Neighborhood Association members.

Blowin' in the wind
Susan Phillips helps her cousin Mary Phillips Hollan blow bubbles while Maya LaCroix watches at the Riverwalk Special Events at the Downtown Lunch Date at Augusta Common.

Augusta State University spring graduates
This is a list of spring graduate candidates from Augusta State University:

Second finalist comes to city for interview
City officials interviewed a second finalist for the vacant Augusta fire chief's job Wednesday.

Sharing the day with animals
Standing in front of a room filled with more than 70 children, parents and caregivers at Maxwell Branch Library on May 25, Berkeley Boone held up a large snapping turtle.

Hunting for alligator legalized in Augusta
ATLANTA - The first two years of alligator hunting in Georgia have proven to be so popular that state officials have decided to nearly double the number of licenses available for this year's season, while adding 35 more counties to the list of approved hunting sites.

Blowin' in the wind
Susan Phillips helps her cousin Mary Phillips Hollan blow bubbles while Maya LaCroix watches at the Riverwalk Special Events at the Downtown Lunch Date at Augusta Common.

Changes to club lead to owner's arrest
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah business owner was arrested Tuesday morning after not appearing in court to face charges that she made illegal changes to the exterior of her nightclub on the western fringes of the Historic District.

Senior events promote health, fitness
The lawn next to Julian Smith Casino was the site of races and football, basketball and softball games Friday, and all the participants were 50 and older.

Correction
- The owner of Georgia Personnel Services was misidentified in some editions of Wednesday's Augusta Chronicle.

Pacific pageantry
Members of the Augusta Thailand Dancers perform a village fishing dance during the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Command Program in Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon.

Across Georgia
The military on Wednesday identified four more soldiers from Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division who were killed in Iraq.

Sharing the day with animals
Standing in front of a room filled with more than 70 children, parents and caregivers at Maxwell Branch Library on May 25, Berkeley Boone held up a large snapping turtle.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Local police and state agents have seized 26 video gambling machines from six private businesses.

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

Across the area
Richmond County deputies are looking for a man accused of shooting another man at a North Leg Road nightclub in late May, officials said Wednesday.

Across Georgia
The military on Wednesday identified four more soldiers from Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division who were killed in Iraq.

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

Across South Carolina

Across the Southeast
TAMPA, FLA. - A 7-year-old boy beat his 7-month-old baby half-sister to death with his fists, feet and a two-by-four because he was jealous of the attention the girl was receiving and because she would not stop crying, police said Wednesday.

Sharing the day with animals
Standing in front of a room filled with more than 70 children, parents and caregivers at Maxwell Branch Library on May 25, Berkeley Boone held up a large snapping turtle.

Kid of the Day
Rae De'Jana M. Frazier is today's Kid of the Day.

Augusta State University spring graduates
This is a list of spring graduate candidates from Augusta State University:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Augusta State University dean's list
This is a list of students at Augusta State University who have been named to the dean's list for the spring semester:

Flood warning issued for Edgefield County
The National Weather Service in Columbia, S.C., has issued a river flood warning for the Stevens Creek at Modoc in Edgefield County.

Ailing girl finds friend in restaurant manager
There's a good reason Hooters manager Joseph Scott is reaching out to help an 8-year-old Augusta girl with a rare blood disorder.

Thunderstorms, showers expected tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Burke County. The watch in in effect until 7:39 p.m.

Thunderstorms, showers expected tonight

Residents want road work done
Some area residents have nicknamed Reeves Construction The Three Guys Co.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Local police and state agents have seized 26 video gambling machines from six private businesses.

Population increases expected to continue
Enrollment in the Richmond County school district rose this year for the first time in at least five years, growth that is expected to continue through this decade, officials said Wednesday.

News you can use

Fort Gordon officials plan changes
Fort Gordon military and civilian officials got a better look Wednesday at what a consortium of private firms wants to do to improve the installation's housing.

Runaway bride pleads no contest to felony charge
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - With her once-jilted fiance at her side, runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony charge and wept as she was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine.

Study might help with restless leg
It usually hits Alison Holmes when she sits down to do her homework after dinner.

Harrell is elected speaker of the South Carolina House
COLUMBIA - Charleston Republican Bobby Harrell has been elected the next speaker of the South Carolina House.

Second finalist comes to city for interview
City officials interviewed a second finalist for the vacant Augusta fire chief's job Wednesday.

Across Georgia

Hunting for alligator legalized in Augusta
ATLANTA - The first two years of alligator hunting in Georgia have proven to be so popular that state officials have decided to nearly double the number of licenses available for this year's season, while adding 35 more counties to the list of approved hunting sites.

Price of gasoline jumps
As the price of a barrel of crude oil fluctuated Thursday on futures markets, Augustans saw roller-coasterlike gas prices around town.

Walker jury begins deliberating
The federal case against state Sen. Charles Walker is now in the hands of 12 jurors.

Senior events promote health, fitness
The lawn next to Julian Smith Casino was the site of races and football, basketball and softball games Friday, and all the participants were 50 and older.

Fort Gordon officials plan changes
Fort Gordon military and civilian officials got a better look Wednesday at what a consortium of private firms wants to do to improve the installation's housing.

Recycling centers
To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876 for the location near you.

Study might help with restless leg
It usually hits Alison Holmes when she sits down to do her homework after dinner.

Pacific pageantry
Members of the Augusta Thailand Dancers perform a village fishing dance during the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Command Program in Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon.

Population increases expected to continue
Enrollment in the Richmond County school district rose this year for the first time in at least five years, growth that is expected to continue through this decade, officials said Wednesday.

Military milestones
Marine Corps Pfc. Mark A. Reed, a 2004 graduate of Aiken High School, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and was promoted to his current rank.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Laney plans Parent Night
Lucy C. Laney High School will hold a Parent Night from 6 to 8 tonight at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Around the block

Association works on improvements to Glendale
The Rev. Thomas Walker sits at the front of a room in the M and T Community Center on Olive Road, presiding over a meeting attended by eight Glendale Neighborhood Association members.

Augusta State University spring graduates

Aiken County works to round up sex offenders
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has arrested two sex offenders it says did not register with the agency and is searching for seven others.

Across the area

School board foresees less expensive plan
AIKEN - Aiken County school board members, who in April rejected a $1.3 million plan to restructure the district's second-chance programs for expelled pupils, say the system can be overhauled for a fraction of that cost.

Flood warning issued for Edgefield County

Winder is getting on track to avoid a railway disaster
WINDER, Ga. - The 30 CSX freight trains that pass through Barrow County every day have local authorities somewhat on edge - especially when considering the cargo the railroad moves.

Just call it the 'Sweet Tea era'
One day it will all probably move to Orlando, Fla. But until they start getting paid to play, the pulse of golf beats here.

Just call it the 'Sweet Tea era'
One day it will all probably move to Orlando, Fla. But until they start getting paid to play, the pulse of golf beats here.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

James Dean's star still bright 50 years after his death
FAIRMOUNT, Ind.- Red lipstick kisses are sun-baked into James Dean's pink granite gravestone, testifying to the enduring allure of the man who, 50 years after his death, remains a symbol of rebellious, misunderstood youth.

Sci-fi superfans mourn losses
Welcome to the long, dark winter of the sci-fi superfreak's discontent.

Bruckheimer flops slide onto DVD for feeble returns
Jerry Bruckheimer, have you no shame? In 2000, the producer responsible for style-over-substance cinema such as Top Gun, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor unleashed two films that, even by his standards, seemed to value concept over content.

Mini reviews

Sci-fi superfans mourn losses
Welcome to the long, dark winter of the sci-fi superfreak's discontent.

Bruckheimer flops slide onto DVD for feeble returns
Jerry Bruckheimer, have you no shame? In 2000, the producer responsible for style-over-substance cinema such as Top Gun, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor unleashed two films that, even by his standards, seemed to value concept over content.

James Dean's star still bright 50 years after his death
FAIRMOUNT, Ind.- Red lipstick kisses are sun-baked into James Dean's pink granite gravestone, testifying to the enduring allure of the man who, 50 years after his death, remains a symbol of rebellious, misunderstood youth.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

Sci-fi superfans mourn losses

James Dean's star still bright 50 years after his death

Bruckheimer flops slide onto DVD for feeble returns

Charlie Daniels playing show for soldiers
SUMTER, S.C. — Charlie Daniels says he was too young to serve his country in World War II or Korea. So instead, the country music artist chooses to give back to America by playing free concerts for soldiers here and overseas.

Dierks Bentley spends most of the year on the road
Dierks Bentley is a modern day troubadour playing 200 shows a year. Given travel time, that's 300 bus days on the road. Try to slow him down.

Dierks Bentley spends most of the year on the road

AthFest captures year's trends on CD
For the eighth year in a row, Ghostmeat records has assembled its annual celebration of the Athens, Ga., music scene, to be released in conjunction with the city's annual AthFest music festival in late June.

Charlie Daniels playing show for soldiers
SUMTER, S.C. — Charlie Daniels says he was too young to serve his country in World War II or Korea. So instead, the country music artist chooses to give back to America by playing free concerts for soldiers here and overseas.

Dierks Bentley spends most of the year on the road
Dierks Bentley is a modern day troubadour playing 200 shows a year. Given travel time, that's 300 bus days on the road. Try to slow him down.

This summer's hottest shows are on tour
Be they hip-hop or hard rock, country or cool jazz, it would be difficult to find a musician unwilling to hit the road for a summer tour. Traditionally the most popular, and profitable, time for acts to hit the road, summer also is rich pickings for music fans of every ilk. Here is a sampling of some regional dates for this summers hottest shows.

Rapper 50 Cent sues over interview footage
LOS ANGELES - 50 Cent has sued three video production companies, alleging they used footage from an interview without honoring an agreement to make a charitable donation.

Rapper 50 Cent sues over interview footage
LOS ANGELES - 50 Cent has sued three video production companies, alleging they used footage from an interview without honoring an agreement to make a charitable donation.

This summer's hottest shows are on tour
Be they hip-hop or hard rock, country or cool jazz, it would be difficult to find a musician unwilling to hit the road for a summer tour.Traditionally the most popular, and profitable, time for acts to hit the road, summer also is rich pickings for music fans of every ilk. Here is a sampling of some regional dates for this summer’s hottest shows.

AthFest captures year's trends on CD
For the eighth year in a row, Ghostmeat records has assembled its annual celebration of the Athens, Ga., music scene, to be released in conjunction with the city's annual AthFest music festival in late June.

Stephen Malkmus goes completely solo

Stephen Malkmus goes completely solo
NEW YORK - When discussing his beloved fantasy sports teams, Stephen Malkmus might as well be talking about his music persona: "If I have a winning team, I act really cocky, and if I have a losing team, I act sort of indignant."

Charlie Daniels playing show for soldiers

Stephen Malkmus goes completely solo
NEW YORK - When discussing his beloved fantasy sports teams, Stephen Malkmus might as well be talking about his music persona: "If I have a winning team, I act really cocky, and if I have a losing team, I act sort of indignant."

AthFest captures year's trends on CD

This summer's hottest shows are on tour

Sonic Spotlight
Randall Carver Jr. is this week's Sonic Spotlight.

Rapper 50 Cent sues over interview footage

Hendrick youngsters off to slow start
It's been a pretty disappointing year so far for Hendrick Motorsports' youngest drivers, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch.

Indy 500 claims ratings victory
DOVER, Del. - The combination of Danica Patrick's success at the Indianapolis 500 and the late finish of the Coca-Cola 600 allowed the Indy-car race to beat NASCAR in the ratings for the first time since NASCAR signed its $2.6 billion television deal in 2001.

Racing newsmaker: Chad Knaus

Indy 500 claims ratings victory

Indy 500 claims ratings victory
DOVER, Del. - The combination of Danica Patrick's success at the Indianapolis 500 and the late finish of the Coca-Cola 600 allowed the Indy-car race to beat NASCAR in the ratings for the first time since NASCAR signed its $2.6 billion television deal in 2001.

NASCAR: Demolition Derby

Hendrick youngsters off to slow start
It's been a pretty disappointing year so far for Hendrick Motorsports' youngest drivers, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch.

Hendrick youngsters off to slow start

Racing newsmaker: Chad Knaus
Chad Knaus, crew chief for Jimmie Johnson, talked about his victory in last Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, his team's lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings and what's ahead for Hendrick Motorsports during a post-race press conference.

NASCAR: Demolition Derby
They call them CRASHCars, and the idea behind them is to entertain by blending a stock-car race with a demolition derby.

NASCAR: Demolition Derby
They call them CRASHCars, and the idea behind them is to entertain by blending a stock-car race with a demolition derby.

Racing newsmaker: Chad Knaus
Chad Knaus, crew chief for Jimmie Johnson, talked about his victory in last Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, his team's lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings and what's ahead for Hendrick Motorsports during a post-race press conference.

Heat top Pistons

NBA loses giant of player, man in Mikan
PHOENIX - George Mikan, professional basketball's first dominant big man who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five championships, died at a Scottsdale rehabilitation center, family members said Thursday. He was 80.

Heat top Pistons
MIAMI - With their star guard watching the final 10 minutes from the locker room, the Miami Heat moved within one victory of the NBA Finals.

NBA loses giant of player, man in Mikan
PHOENIX - George Mikan, professional basketball's first dominant big man who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five championships, died at a Scottsdale rehabilitation center, family members said Thursday. He was 80.

Heat top Pistons
MIAMI - With their star guard watching the final 10 minutes from the locker room, the Miami Heat moved within one victory of the NBA Finals.

NBA loses giant of player, man in Mikan

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Mrs. Joy Lucille Flakes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Lucian D. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Peterson Irby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lucas    (CADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Calloway Foreman, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathleen V. Laird    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Archie G. Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Alan Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Kozelnicky    (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Archie G. Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alan Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie L. Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Julia Ann Baker    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Charlotte A. Hinkins    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Louie Clark, Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Green    (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Coke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. June Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy J. Gayhart    (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)

Mrs. Bessie L. Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert P. Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Theresa Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bony Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Doris L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Johnson    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry Pennington    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Archie Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Martin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Paul Lord    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Lee Conyer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry D. Bush    (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Lord    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Ms. Rosemary Cheatham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Lt. Col. Lucian D. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Archie Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joy Lucille Flakes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mable Bargeron    (LPN AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. June Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alan Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Calloway Foreman, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith M. Carpenter    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert W. Elder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert W. Elder    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Jack Coke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy J. Gayhart    (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)
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Mrs. Edith M. Carpenter    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret S. O'Hara    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlotte A. Hinkins    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Shirley Oglesby    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah A. Johnson    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emma Peterson Irby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Kozelnicky    (ATHENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Usher Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen V. Laird    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Ruth Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Lt. Col. Lucian D. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ola B. Slater    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Lee Ricks    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Sneed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Weegie (Mary H.) White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease H. Stone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Audrey Alexander    (BUCKHEAD, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Tompkins, Jr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. Dawson Poole, Sr.    (LINTON, Ga.)

Mr. John M. Walker    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Usher Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Essie Mae Anderson    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Essie Mae Anderson    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Martin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Lt. Col. Lucian D. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. John Woods, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Berry, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease H. Stone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jack Coke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Nettie M. Neal    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. David Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mable Bargeron    (LPN AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ola B. Slater    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease H. Stone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Johnson    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Tompkins, Jr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Bony Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Coke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Pennington    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Peterson Irby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert P. Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Dawson Poole, Sr.    (LINTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Rosemary Cheatham    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Julia Ann Baker    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Woods, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Weegie (Mary H.) White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Alan Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Audrey Alexander    (BUCKHEAD, Ga.)
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Mr. William Berry, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. John M. Walker    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry D. Bush    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Ruth Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Van A. Salaam    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Lee Conyer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Julia Ann Baker (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Mae Anderson (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Albert P. Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Alexander (BUCKHEAD, Ga.)

Mr. William Berry, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Sneed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Coke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Ruth Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Tompkins, Jr. (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Kozelnicky (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Calloway Foreman, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Bargeron (LPN AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith M. Carpenter (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Louie Clark, Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Patterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease H. Stone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease H. Stone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Lucian D. Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris L. Grant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie L. Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Archie Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen V. Laird (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Woods, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Peterson Irby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Archie G. Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Lucian D. Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry D. Bush (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alan Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris L. Grant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Lord (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Usher Walters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Martin (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Oglesby (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. June Frazier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bony Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Pennington (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Green (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mrs. Weegie (Mary H.) White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy J. Gayhart (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)

Mrs. Joy Lucille Flakes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret S. O'Hara (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Dawson Poole, Sr. (LINTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alan Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Lee Conyer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lucas (CADLEY, Ga.)

Ms. Rosemary Cheatham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert W. Elder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte A. Hinkins (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. John M. Walker (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Coke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola B. Slater (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

No rest for Stars

Overtime

Comeback trail takes duo to final

Area Announcements

Overtime

Comeback trail takes duo to final
PARIS - Two comeback trails converge Saturday when Mary Pierce and Justine Henin-Hardenne meet in the French Open final.

Overtime
A video meant to prepare San Francisco 49ers players for dealing with the media features off-color humor - including racial jokes and nudity - and has outraged team ownership and angered the mayor.

No rest for Stars
One half of the Youth of Augusta, Inc.'s Georgia Stars girls basketball team practiced shots Tuesday night while the other jumped rope at the Carrie J. Mays Community Center.

Overtime
In Pensacola, Fla., Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was released Thursday morning from a Florida prison camp after completing a four-month sentence for using a cell phone to try to set up a cocaine deal.

Overtime
In Pensacola, Fla., Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was released Thursday morning from a Florida prison camp after completing a four-month sentence for using a cell phone to try to set up a cocaine deal.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Overtime
A video meant to prepare San Francisco 49ers players for dealing with the media features off-color humor - including racial jokes and nudity - and has outraged team ownership and angered the mayor.

Comeback trail takes duo to final
PARIS - Two comeback trails converge Saturday when Mary Pierce and Justine Henin-Hardenne meet in the French Open final.

No rest for Stars
One half of the Youth of Augusta, Inc.'s Georgia Stars girls basketball team practiced shots Tuesday night while the other jumped rope at the Carrie J. Mays Community Center.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Presley back up singers got slow start behind King

Presley back up singers got slow start behind King
Ask any Elvis Presley fan who is singing backup vocals on I Was t he One and I Want You, I Need You, I Love You and you most likely will be told The Jordanaires.

Presley back up singers got slow start behind King
Ask any Elvis Presley fan who is singing backup vocals on I Was t he One and I Want You, I Need You, I Love You and you most likely will be told The Jordanaires.

Just call it the 'Sweet Tea era'

Good Westerns don't always follow tradition

Sci-fi superfans mourn losses

Good Westerns don't always follow tradition

Jackman is back; so are the biggest musicals
NEW YORK - Hugh Jackman is back as host for the third year in a row, and the Broadway season's biggest musical hit, "Monty Python's Spamalot," is being challenged by three very different musicals.

Jackman is back; so are the biggest musicals
NEW YORK - Hugh Jackman is back as host for the third year in a row, and the Broadway season's biggest musical hit, "Monty Python's Spamalot," is being challenged by three very different musicals.

Viewers flock to network TV for finales
NEW YORK - The conclusion of another "American Idol" competition and the "Lost" season finale brought more than 50 million viewers to their television sets last week on the final day of the television season.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 23-29. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

CNN spends too much time on 'pervert of the day'
ATLANTA - CNN should cover international news and the environment, not the "pervert of the day," network founder Ted Turner said Wednesday as the first 24-hour news network turned 25.

NBC has no place to go but up. But will it?

Jackman is back; so are the biggest musicals

NBC has no place to go but up. But will it?
NEW YORK - At its best, a TV network looks even greater than the sum of its programs.

Viewers flock to network TV for finales

Viewers flock to network TV for finales
NEW YORK - The conclusion of another "American Idol" competition and the "Lost" season finale brought more than 50 million viewers to their television sets last week on the final day of the television season.

NBC has no place to go but up. But will it?
NEW YORK - At its best, a TV network looks even greater than the sum of its programs.

Applause calendar

Club calendar

Stuff to Do

The top five list

The Liquid Life: Club Velvet

Galleries calendar

Lindsay Lohan uninjured in crash with photographer

Spears loves life as pregnant woman

People in the News

Prosecutor: Jackson sexually abused teen

Warrant issued for Bobby Brown

Georgia increases lead in NCAA golf

Georgia increases lead in NCAA golf
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Georgia's Richard Scott shot a 1-under 69 and teammate Brendon Todd added a 70 in windy conditions Thursday to help the Bulldogs increase their lead to nine strokes after the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.

Georgia increases lead in NCAA golf
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Georgia's Richard Scott shot a 1-under 69 and teammate Brendon Todd added a 70 in windy conditions Thursday to help the Bulldogs increase their lead to nine strokes after the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.

Good Westerns don't always follow tradition
Few genres in cinema are as iconic as the American Western. Over the years, the white hats and steel-eyed heroes, the galloping stallions and six guns at high noon have become an indelible part of the collective consciousness.

Good Westerns don't always follow tradition
Few genres in cinema are as iconic as the American Western. Over the years, the white hats and steel-eyed heroes, the galloping stallions and six guns at high noon have become an indelible part of the collective consciousness.

Sci-fi superfans mourn losses
Welcome to the long, dark winter of the sci-fi superfreak's discontent.

Good Westerns don't always follow tradition
Few genres in cinema are as iconic as the American Western. Over the years, the white hats and steel-eyed heroes, the galloping stallions and six guns at high noon have become an indelible part of the collective consciousness.

Sci-fi superfans mourn losses
Welcome to the long, dark winter of the sci-fi superfreak's discontent.

South Carolina freshman recovering from wound
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina freshman pitcher Andrew Cruse suffered a puncture wound to his stomach early Wednesday morning and was taken to the hospital.

South Carolina freshman recovering from wound

South Carolina freshman recovering from wound
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina freshman pitcher Andrew Cruse suffered a puncture wound to his stomach early Wednesday morning and was taken to the hospital.

S.F. mayor, 49ers owners offended by training video

Odds and Ends

Boy, 7, suspected in beating death of sister

Man sues to name horse after Jefferson slave

Odds and Ends